Accession Number : ADA017776

Title :   Capsizing/Swamping Accident Investigations of Small, Lightweight Boats for 1974 Season. Volume II. Appendices B-M.

Descriptive Note : Final rept.,

Corporate Author : WYLE LABS HUNTSVILLE ALA

Personal Author(s) : Sautkulis,C. ; Knack,M.

Report Date : JUN 1975

Pagination or Media Count : 256

Abstract : This report addresses small, lightweight recreational boats that were involved in capsizing and swamping accidents. Accidents involving these boats are of particular importance to the U. S. Coast Guard because they represent about 50 percent of all recreational boating accident fatalities. This report presents related information on those twelve boats involved in accidents that were chosen for an in-depth study. Evaluation criteria, methodology, analysis and conclusions are also presented. The dynamic stability of each boat is evaluated along with other factors that contributed to the accident such as freeboard, carelessness and overloading. Low dynamic stability and freeboard appear to be major contributing factors to those accidents investigated. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Boats, *Accidents, *Accident investigations, Recreation, Flooding, Marine safety equipment, Stability, Overload, Methodology, Physical properties, Interviewing, Drowning, Lightweight, Hulls(Structures)

Subject Categories : Marine Engineering
      Safety Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE